To Serve, Not Command


The Prime Minister was visibly more angry than usual with the line of questioning from reporters at yesterday’s news conference. Unfortunately, he once again didn’t come across as a leader but as a spoilt child who is not getting what he wants – praise, power, and his own way.

In this country we have a history of vindictive leaders who care more about their fragile egos than their country. All these leaders have forgotten they were and are simply public servants who work for the people. They may be, and have been the top public servants, but that’s all. That is why their arrogance and contempt for the people is always hard to stomach. Yesterday, people saw the re-announcement of the Chatam Smelter as an act of revenge on the people by the Government. What else could it be? It could be to distract the people from the uncontrollable crime situation. It could, but it seems more like an act of revenge. What kind of leader purposely inflicts revenge on the people for complaining? That is not a rhetorical question.

The message, which was intentionally sent to the people, is “shut up and don’t complain, the country belongs to the Government, not the people.” Maybe the Prime Minister is annoyed that that everything his Government touches turns to stone. Maybe he is simply feeling we don’t appreciate the know-it-all cabinet decisions. I agree that people make mistakes but when they do the mistake makers should own up. If we are to count the amount of mistakes this government has made by the amount of times they owned up we would come up empty handed. If we count the amount of mistakes the people think the government has made you would fill every page of every daily newspaper for five years.

What Governments always fail to understand is that the people and Governments should never be at war. The only reason a political party is elected and a small group selected to “govern” is simply because most people wouldn’t get time off to attend cabinet meetings and fly in private jets. The Government and the people should be one but recent industry trends show they are two separate bodies with two separate agendas. Is it any wonder the country is falling apart.

For any Government to be effective they need feedback on their performance from the people. If the Government ignores or sends four police Jeeps to stifle this feedback then the people are doomed. The former Government was like that and the present Government is even more so. The best and most effective Government will always be one that serves rather than commands, and listens rather than dictates. Clearly, judging from the state the country is in, and the rudderless direction it is heading, we need an effictive Government before it’s too late.

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4 thoughts on “To Serve, Not Command

  1. I agree we need a chineese prime minister that’s the only way forward. As a matter of fact all of the palaiment should be chineese. No more race politics.

  2. I agree we need a chineese prime minister that’s the only way forward. As a matter of fact all of the palaiment should be chineese. No more race politics.

  3. “A government should be afraid of it’s people. When the people are afraid of the government, then something has gone wrong indeed” – Ernesto ‘Ché’ Guevarra (Paraphrased).

    So what then is the solution to a country when the government is doing all it possibly can to make sure that their future is secure, whilst the future of the country rots away into a steaming quagmire of pus? Suggestions anyone?

  4. I heard that Che Guverra quote in the movie V for Vendetta. I agree with that statement by the way.

    The solution has to be in letting this government, and all potential governments know that the People and the Country come before any political party and/or party stalwart suffering from delusions of grandeur.

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